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Billy Idol

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  • Audio CD (July 23, 1996)
  • Label: Indent Series
  • ASIN: B000005JF7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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New Wave may have been on the way in and punk may have been receding (for a bit) when Billy Idol released this, his solo debut album, but both gained new ground because of this album's release.
Those may sound like strong words for a solo album from someone that many either revile or revere. But that is exactly the case.
Billy Idol announced his presence with a snarl. He was no longer a pretty boy stuck in a punk band (Generation X), nor was he a pretty boy playing synthesizers ala Duran Duran (who would come later). Billy Idol carved a niche for himself.
Today, many people consider his music to be hard rock rather than either punk or new wave. And while that is probably a fair assessment, Billy Idol never rested on his laurels and gave us the same type of music for too long.
On this album, as I said before, his solo debut, Billy gives us the chart topper - White Wedding - and a song from his former group (Generation X): Dancing with Myself. These are only two of the great songs on this album, but they are the most easily recognizable by those not familiar with his music.
This album no doubt gained even more popular play and attention due to Billy's snarling good looks and the fact that it was released just as MTV was debuting, allowing the world to experience the visual experience of White Wedding.
Not all of this albums songs are "hits", but none of them is bad. Often gritty, and frequently obnoxious, "Billy Idol" is a music "must have" for anyone serious about ground breaking music.
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The original album's cover has Billy in an '80s Oriental shirt, and the last song was "Congo Man". Bring those elements back, and I shall grant this album 5 stars. Until then, I don't care how many times you remaster it, it's still being used as a tool to sell "Dancing with Myself", which stains the beautiful vibe of this album. Is there any guitar work on this planet that can match "Shooting Stars"? Billy, there ARE actually fans of "Congo Man" out here, and I'll even go so far to say it's "part 1" of "The Dead Next Door". I'm WAY beyond fed-up with the "attention shoppers" attitude of Billy's marketing dept., mostly because it puts us true fans in the back seat.
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Billy Idol's debut LP is a classic 80s nugget full of punk/new wave/dance hits, but this remastered CD is NOT the original LP - it's missing the final key track, "Congo Man," which itelf is a kind of cool dub mix coda to "Love Calling" - we all know it was later replaced with the single "Dancing with Myself" on later versions, but on this deluxe CD reissue, why not reinstate "Congo Man?" The LP was short to begin with (just over 30 mins), so it could have easily fit - and while they were at it, why couldn't they add on "bonus" cuts from Billy's U.S.-only debut EP "Don't Stop" including "Untouchables" "Baby Baby" and more - also they could have added in 12" mixes/dubes of "White Wedding," "Hot in the City," "Dancing with Myself" and "Love Calling" originally on 12" - now THAT would have been a truly complete deluxe CD to do this classic 80s LP justice! Note: they should also replace the cover with the true original LP cover showing Billy with a Japanese print shirt knotted by to expose his abs - I think the U.S. label feared the original cover photo was too "femme/gay" so they replaced it with his later "Dancing with Myself" vest/tattoo shot - again, this only botches the original packaging/content for true Idol fans! Cmon guys - do it right, maybe in 2011?
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A year after the dissolution of Generation X, its lead singer, William Michael Albert Broad, a.k.a. Billy Idol, embarked on a solo career and released his eponymous solo debut. Some of the harder tracks recalled the wild youth of the Gen X years, but the singles indicated a polishing of that style, meaning less punk guitar, but an emphasis on carefully synced bass and drums, airy synths, and glitzy production.

"White Wedding Part 1" encompasses the successful formula, pulsing bass, Steve Stevens fiery guitar, thudding techno drum beats, airy backup vocals, and Idol's menacing deeper voice which ratcheted to its old punk fury when he screams "start again!" Though cracking the Top 40, it's an Idol and essential 80's classic.

"Hot In The City," another single, with synths and soulful backup singers adding to the lounge-like ambience of the mid-paced song. Idol's crooning is a far cry from "Your Generation," to be sure. As for "Love Calling," it's a bit of punk with some Caribbean-style rhythms mixed in with horns and rock guitar, relying on a constant drum backbeat, which is the sole thing playing, giving this song a somewhat minimalist visage.

Of the non-singles, it's kind of a potluck. "Dead On Arrival" is a return to Gen X-style Idol with its pulsing drums and bass, sounding like a poppier cousin of the Pistol's "EMI" at parts. The mid-paced "Nobody's Business" veers more towards pop rather than punk, and with its Van Halen-like synths and catchy vocal hooks, would've been a decent single, as would have "Shooting Stars." Other tracks like "Come On Come On" makes one think what Gen X could've done with this stuff, and "Hole In The Wall" is pure filler.
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